Seems like news on DC Universe Online is hotting up. Yesterday saw the announcement that beta sign-ups were now open. Today, Sony have announced the voice cast for the game.
And there’s perhaps no surprises amongst them, either. The ever-reliable Mark Hamill will be taking the role of The Joker. This is a role he’s very much made his own over the last few years thanks to animation and video games.
Alongside Hamill is Kevin Conroy in the role of Batman. Conroy has also been playing the Dark Knight for many years now. In fact, Conroy has apparently portrayed the superhero for longer than any other actor in live-action or animation.
“We’re excited that not only will Mark and Kevin bring their talent back to the DC universe as part of DC Universe Online, but we’ve hit the jackpot with a full cast that are veterans of movies, TV shows and games that our fans are crazy about,” said Sony Online Entertainment VP of Development, John Blakely. “Several of these actors are recognized as the definitive voices for these characters, and will help us in creating an authentic and exciting experience for fans when they get in the game.”
And a fine cast it is, too.
Adam Baldwin takes the role of Superman. Baldwin is famous for a variety of work, including Firefly, The X-Files, Angel and The Visitor. He also guest starred on Stargate SG-1 and the new The Outer Limits. And in the fall, he returns as John Casey in NBC’s Chuck.
Gina Torres plays Wonder Woman. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Anna Espinosa in Alias and Zoe Washburn in Firefly. She has also worked on Xena: Warrior Princess and Cleopatra 2525. She also had parts in The Matrix Revolultions and The Matrix Reloaded, and is no stranger to the world of animated superheroes.
James Marsters, in the role of Lex Luthor, is best known for playing Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He has also been seen in Smallville and Torchwood.
Finally, Michelle Forbes, playing Circe, has appeared in a wide body of work. This ranges from independent films Kalifornia and Swimming with Sharks to TV’s True Blood.
It’s a great cast, sure. But MMO titles aren’t generally known for their story, cinematics and dialog. Is this a sign that DC Universe Online is going to be more narrative-heavy than the traditionally rather dry, dull world of MMOs?